While some people headed out and straight for trouble, some people stayed home to avoid it. However, as Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez reports, trouble pounded on the door of some North Laredo residents who decided to stay indoors.
Two houses, two similar stories. This morning, thunder warned us of the coming storm since 3 AM. After about an hour of teasing, the skies burst open with rain. Javier Rivera, a homeowner affected by the flash flooding, explains how he woke up: "My daughter woke me up around 4:00 this morning telling us that there was some water coming in from the back door."
Remnants of Rivera's home are seen strewed all over his lawn, home and backyard on Lady Di Loop. Once you step inside, a chaotic scene unfolds. You can even see a lawn mower inside the living room, evidence of the strength behind the rainfall that poured in from the back doors. The water marks scar the walls inside Rivera's home recording the 3 feet of water that accumulated inside.
From what we gather, the water came in pouring from an inclined slope towards a gated area behind the Riveras' fence. When that enclosure reached its breaking point it toppled over the Riveras' fence, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Another element Rivera says contributed to the flooding is this storm drain rendered useless by the debris caught at its mouth. On the other side of Shiloh, this resident also affected by flooding echoes the same problem with drainage. Ray Alcorta, another homeowner affected by the flash flooding, says: "There's been a lot of problems here in the back with drainage. We don't have proper drainage here like in other areas."
Stories of home damage like these are being heard across town. First responders out all morning assessing the damage left in the wake of the heavy downpour say other homes were also affected. Laredo Police Department Investigator Joe Baeza tells of an evacuation conducted as a result of the flooding. "By one account, on Orange Loop, one particular home had 11 people that were evacuated by first responders of the Fire Department. That was really done, more so, for the safety of the family."
Despite the reason for the flooding, now the work begins to piece together what the flood tore apart.
Reporting for Pro8News, Valerie Gonzalez-Sanchez.
Rivera says this isn't the first time it's happened, but even son, his neighborhood and the Alcortas' neighborhood are not considered to be in a flood zone. So, most of them have no flood insurance.